Dr Andrew Brooks
Lecturer in Development Geography
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2571
Department of Geography
King's College London
K7.50 Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS
Geographies of Consumption and Production
Chinese investment in Africa
Clothing, Fashion and Textile Industries
Corruption and Development
Economic and Social Change in Southern Africa
Global Production Networks
Andrew joined the Department as a Lecturer in Development Geography in September 2011. Previously, Andrew had been an undergraduate at King's and received a First Class BA degree as well as the Departmental Prize in Geography. He later worked for VSO for two years (2005-2006) as a social researcher in Papua New Guinea and on programme development in the UK.
In 2007 he was awarded an ESRC 1+3 fully funded scholarship and began a Master's and Doctorate at the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London. His PhD research investigated social and economic change in Southern Africa through a case study of the used-clothing trade in Mozambique. He undertook 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Maputo, Mozambique and was a visiting researcher at the IESE (Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos – Institute of Social and Economic Study) in 2009-10, and completed his doctorate in 2011.
In other research interventions he has investigated Chinese investment in Africa and has applied the global production networks approach to exploring trade and corruption. Andrew has been developing new research in to the geographies of production and consumption, which link Africa and the Global North as well as the socio-political roles of celebrities. This includes writing papers on the Oil and the Resource Curse in Ghana and Vivienne Westwood in Kenya. He has given seminars and contributed to symposia at various institutions in Mozambique, Portugal, Sweden the UK and the USA.